United Nations urges humane approach to Manus Island crisis

Nov 14, 2017, 00:29
United Nations urges humane approach to Manus Island crisis

Manus Island refugees said they were advised on Saturday by officials their eviction deadline would be extended another 24-hours, by which point they would be forcibly removed from the processing camp which had been without food, water or medical supplies for almost two weeks.

The PNG Supreme Court rejected an application by one of the men to restore services on Tuesday, despite pleas from the United Nations to make food, water, medical supplies and power available.

"I have pursued this issue from New Zealand's perspective", she told a media conference at the APEC Summit in Vietnam.

Ms Ardern has continued to push New Zealand's offer to accept 150 refugees and asylum seekers from Australia's offshore detention centres since her first face-to-face meeting with her Australian counterpart in Sydney a week ago.

"We have been given instructions from our authorities not to use any force", Commander Yapu said.

"I see the human face of this, I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play".

A lawmaker said the Australian government is responsible for the deteriorating conditions facing refugees in a camp in Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, saying Canberra must provide consular access for those wishing to return to their countries. "No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done", Ardern said.

The group, Peace Action Wellington, says it plans to stop workers from exiting to raise awareness of what they say is an abuse of human rights for the 600 refugees still at the decommissioned Manus Island. I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there'.

Papua New Guinea authorities started to dismantle makeshift shelters at the centre over the weekend, while the men reportedly began digging more wells. The people in the detention centre are now threatened with being forcibly moved by the PNG army and police to incomplete accommodation in a nearby town.

"From our observation so far, the services that have been withdrawn from the regional processing centre has not been adequately replaced outside of the centre itself - that's a serious concern for us".

"There is an increased risk because of the way this has been organised".

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